Railroad org charts, was RE: Railroad true stories?

Schuyler Larrabee

The ERIE had one of the very first industrial organization charts. It was rather inconveniently set up as a circular rose pattern, but it went down to the detail of the ROW maintenance men. I think I have a jpg of it, and I am about to go away for a few days, but I’ll try to find it and post it for you.

You may find some more recent examples, what you’re really looking for, in Annual Reports, but that will be rather poor ore for mining out what you want.


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Subject: Re: [STMFC] Railroad true stories?

Hi Brian,

You might have a look at the biography “Set Up Running: The Life of a Pennsylvania Railroad Engineman, 1904–1949” by John W. Orr.

You won’t find organizational charts. You WILL find lots of real-life railroading experiences, may of which involved the movement of STEAM ERA FREIGHT CARS. It is an enjoyable read in any case.

Claus Schlund

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Subject: [STMFC] Railroad true stories?

Ah, hope this question isn't out-of-bounds for this list. The question is about steam-era railroading, and it might (I hope it does) involve freight cars. So. . . .

I've googled a bit but without much success. I'm looking for real-life, or fact-based fiction, stories about any part of the railroad industry as it existed in the late 1930s or previous years. Accidents, crime, corruption, operations . . . any topic, really.

Does Railroad magazine fit what I hope to find? Got magazines, books, or other sources you might care to mention?

One focus of mine is railroad organizational structure: What were the various departments of a Class I railroad, how did their duties and responsibilities intermingle. What did a top-down organizational chart look like?

Thanks much,

Brian Chapman
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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